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Wes Craven has written, directed, produced and generally created some of the most terrifying, bloody and entertaining horror films in cinematic history. He's the man who dreamed up "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (and its pepperoni-faced, knife-fingered killer Freddy Krueger), made us fear the "Swamp Thing" and never want to enter "The Last House on the Left," and teamed with writer Kevin Williamson to reinvent the horror genre with the "Scream" franchise.

MTV caught up with Craven a little while back to talk about his latest flick "My Soul to Take" and his eagerly anticipated next film "Scream 4"; with Halloween approaching, we couldn't resist asking the scary-movie-making legend which horror movies are his all-time favorites.

"Well, this one," Craven laughed. "'My Soul to Take' really is -- I sound like I'm shilling my movie -- really is I think semi-autobiographical, it's very original, it's something I'm very proud of because it's not just repeating what I've done in the past. That one I like a lot." Read More...

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Wes Craven, the legendary horror maestro behind the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" franchises and a bevy of other bone-chilling hits, returns to theaters today with his first writer-director effort in 16 years: the 3-D thriller "My Soul to Take."

So what inspired the filmmaker, who's certainly kept busy in the directing department lately, to sit down and write his first full-length screenplay since 1994's "The New Nightmare"? "I just realized that it had been a while since I'd written anything," he told MTV News recently. "And then, right around the same time, the idea for this movie popped into my head while I was taking a shower."

But that's only half the story. "This is also the most autobiographical of all my films," Craven admitted. We thought this was an interesting thing to say about a movie that tells of the Riverton Ripper, a fabled serial killer with multiple personalities/souls (only one of them a cold-blooded killer partial to gutting people) who returns to murder the seven children born the night he died... so we asked for some clarification. Read More...

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There has been no dearth of "Scream 4" casting news these past few months, with a steady stream of young stars -- Emma Roberts, Adam Brody, Hayden Panettiere, Nico Tortorella, Erik Knudsen, Marley Shelton and Rory Culkin -- lining up alongside series regulars Courteney Cox and David Arquette to fight for their lives (in most cases futilely) in the face of a new spate of Ghostface killings.

In a recent chat with MTV News to discuss his 3-D supernatural thriller "My Soul to Take" (in theaters today), "Scream 4" director Wes Craven gave us a rundown of the fourth installment's plot and revealed whether those new "Scream" trilogy rumors are true.

"The studio wants to be very, very secretive about it," Craven admitted. "I think it's kind of known that Neve is returning to her hometown for a short visit, and all hell breaks loose. But there's also a whole cast of new characters -- there's some very, very interesting kids." Read More...

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This Friday, "My Soul to Take" hits theaters in 3-D, giving Wes Craven fans a horror fix until the legendary horror director's "Scream 4" bows next April.

The film, Craven's first writer-director effort since 1994's "The New Nightmare" (yes, that was a long time ago), tells of the Riverton Ripper, a fabled serial killer with multiple personalities (only one of them a cold-blooded killer who takes pleasure in gutting people) who swore he would one day return to murder the seven children born the night he died. On the 16th anniversary of his death, dude starts to do exactly that. Thing is, one of the kids -- the Riverton Seven, as they're called -- might be the Ripper reincarnated. Twist!

If you're jonesing so badly that you can't wait until Friday to sate your big-screen blood-lust, check out the "My Soul to Take" clip show we've embedded for your viewing pleasure, then hit the comments to tell us whether you're psyched for the film.

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Wes Craven is busy right now, off directing "Scream 4." But did you know he's got a movie coming out later this year? Horror/thriller "My Soul To Take." I hadn't heard about it, but a new trailer was just released (embedded below). The story follows a group of seven high schoolers who were all born on the same day, which also happens to be the same day that a local serial killer was killed. Based on what we see in the trailer, the suggestion is that said killer's soul came to rest within the body of one of the seven.

What do you think of the trailer? I'm not blown away by it, but I didn't care for the "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" trailers either, and that turned out to be an awfully entertaining movie.

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